second childhood


Definition of second childhood

: dotage

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Synonyms for second childhood


caducity, dotage, senility

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Examples of second childhood in a Sentence

an old man going through his second childhood whenever she makes a mistake, Grandmother just reminds everyone she's in her second childhood and children shouldn't be held accountable

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Still, research suggests that 10 or more years after the second childhood dose, protection against the virus fades enough to help outbreaks take hold. Washington Post, "US vaccine panel to discuss waning effectiveness, new shots," 24 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of second childhood

1641, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of second childhood was in 1641

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English Language Learners Definition of second childhood

: a time when an old person whose mind is failing begins to behave like a child again

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sec·​ond childhood | \ ˌsek-ᵊnd- How to pronounce second childhood (audio) \

Medical Definition of second childhood

: dotage

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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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